The cellular apoptosis susceptibility CAS/CSE1L gene protects ovarian cancer cells from death by suppressing RASSF1C

Annalisa Lorenzato, Cosimo Martino, Nadia Dani, Yvonne Oligschläger, Anna Maria Ferrero, Nicoletta Biglia, Raffaele Calogero, Martina Olivero, Maria Flavia Di Renzo

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The cellular apoptosis susceptibility gene CAS/CSE1L is overexpressed in cancer, although it was originally identified as a gene that renders cells vulnerable to apoptotic stimuli. CAS/CSE1L has roles in the nucleocytoplasmic recycling of importin-α and in the regulation of gene expression, cell migration, and secretion. We identified CAS/CSE1L as a survival factor for ovarian cancer cells in vitro and in vivo. In 3/3 ovarian cancer cell lines, CAS/CSE1L was down-modulated by the unorthodox proapoptotic signaling of the MET receptor. CAS/CSE1L knockdown with RNA interference committed the ovarian cancer cells to death, but not immortalized normal cells and breast and colon cancer cells. In 70 and 95% of these latter cells, respectively, CAS/CSE1L was localized in the cytoplasm, while it accumulated in the nucleus in >90% of ovarian cancer cells. Nuclear localization depended on AKT, which was constitutively active in ovarian cancer cells. In the nucleus, CAS/CSE1L regulated the expression of the proapoptotic Ras-association domain family 1 gene products RASSF1C and RASSF1A, which mediated death signals evoked by depletion of CAS/CSE1L. Our data show that CAS/CSE1L protects ovarian cancer cells from death through transcriptional suppression of a proapoptotic gene and suggest that the localization of CAS/CSE1L dictates its function.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2446-2456
Number of pages11
JournalFASEB Journal
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2012


  • Hepatocyte growth factor
  • MET receptor
  • Nuclear import
  • Receptor tyrosine kinases

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Biotechnology
  • Genetics
  • Molecular Biology

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